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Getting Started

How do I get started? Some people like to take a class or a workshop to learn new skills and in the classes tab at this site you will find a searchable listing that includes a wide range of instructions.

Other people are comfortable learning on their own, perhaps using some of the books recommended under tips.

However you get started below is a list of some of the items that you will need to get started.

• Roller
• Coil roller
• Craft knife
• Toothpicks
• Soft paintbrush
• Water container
• Silicon paper
• Plastic work sheet
• Zambuck or similar product
• Tweezers
• Burnisher
• File
• Sand paper of various grades

About PMC

Clay That Turns into Pure Silver

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Silver Clay (PMC) is new material for the new millennium. Mitsubishi Corporation has developed this new material using precious metal in incredibly small particles, an organically based, non-toxic binder, and water. The result is a soft workable material that can be shaped like clay and fired. During firing, the binder burns off and the metal particles fuse to become pure silver. Unlike earlier versions of this product, silver PMC+ and PMC3 only shrink 10% during firing. The range of textures is infinite. Stones can be set in the clay and fired in place.

In addition to making jewellery and small sculptures, PMC can be used to accent pottery and porcelain dolls. The possibilities are endless. PMC is easy to use and eliminates the need to purchase many costly jewellers' tools. Silver Clay can be fired in a programmable kiln or with such simple tools as a blow torch and soldering pad.
The three versions each have special properties and are called Original, PMC+ and PMC3. Each of the types of clay also comes in various forms, used for various applications. These are:

• Lump Clay
• Syringe form
• Paste or slip

The applications for the product are obviously jewellery. Ceramists and polymer clay artists also gravitate to PMC as do doll makers, beaders and artists who work with glass

Profile

Picture of Leigh Leigh Murray

A market researcher by day and a silver clay enthusiast and artisan in all her spare time. Making jewellery out of precious metal clay( PMC) is a hobby that grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Leigh has been working with PMC for a year and has found the art and skills required in creating jewellery very stimulating with exciting rewards. The ability to conceptualise a piece of jewellery and make it the same day to wear that evening adds allure to the hobby. The hobby requires no previous experience with metal smithing or jewellery making. The limit of the creations and skills are dependent on the artisan and the facilities available to them.

It is a hobby that is relatively inexpensive to set up with the only costs incurred forward being the purchasing of the clay. It is estimated that the initial outlay or the hobby is R1000.00 Everyday household items can be used in the creation process allowing the hobby some wonderful creative licence.

The silver creations can then be combined with beads, leather, semi precious stones and other metal to make an interesting array of jewellery.